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    Neatest way to post a txt attachment here?

    Edit: This has since evolved to include posting images too.

    Hi all!

    This is not a big concern, just curiosity.

    I wanted to attach my menu.lst file contents to a post on this forum.
    I opened it in gedit & copied it to my desktop where it sat looking like a text file (with no .suffix though...)

    When I tried to attach it to my post, I got an error message about illegal file type, or something similar.
    That was when I noticed it didn't have a .suffix.

    I then pasted it into OpenOffice Writer & saved it as an .odt file.
    When I tried to attach that, it exceeded the max size allowed for that file type.

    Finally it dawned on me that I could save it as a .txt file from OOo so that was OK.

    Is that the best way to get from gedit to an attachment for this forum, or is there a simpler way?
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    Re: Neatest way to post a txt attachment here?

    I just click on the quote button in the online message box and do a copy/paste of the "guts" of the file inbetween the word tags QUOTE and QUOTE.

    Like this:
    Hi I'm a program code

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    Re: Neatest way to post a txt attachment here?

    There's probably a better way, but I don't know it yet

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    Re: Neatest way to post a txt attachment here?

    Along the same lines as tinivole's suggestion, there is this command:
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    sudo apt-get install pastebinit
    pastebinit -i /boot/grub/menu.lst -b http://paste.ubuntu.com
    It sends /boot/grub/menu.lst directly to paste.ubuntu.com and returns the url of where you can find it.
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    Re: Neatest way to post a txt attachment here?

    Or you could wrap the contents in [code] ... [/code] tags in the forums here. The results being like this:

    Code:
    This is text
    I could have copied and psted this from my menu.lst or any other text file.
    For attaching, if the file were on your desktop and you wanted it to have the .txt extension, you could right-click the file, go to rename, and add an extension. Likewise, you could change the filename from the terminal:

    Code:
    mv ~/locke/Desktop/myFile ~/locke/Desktop/myFile.txt
    And sent it as an attechment, though I can tell you that myself (and most others, I'd reckon) prefer to see the contents of a file inline with a post here, wrapped in CODE tags. It's one less step we have to go through to examine the file.
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    Re: Neatest way to post a txt attachment here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Locke_99GS View Post
    Or you could wrap the contents in [code] ... [/code] tags in the forums here. The results being like this:

    Code:
    This is text
    I could have copied and psted this from my menu.lst or any other text file.

    ....I can tell you that myself (and most others, I'd reckon) prefer to see the contents of a file inline with a post here, wrapped in CODE tags. It's one less step we have to go through to examine the file.
    OK, that makes sense.
    Overall it's a cleaner, simpler method.

    Thanks for so many good responses to a tiny question!
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    Re: Neatest way to post a txt attachment here?

    If it's a text-type file (like smb.conf or your menu.lst) I save a copy where I can find it easily, then rename it with a .txt on the end eg. smb.conf.txt.
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    Question Re: Neatest way to post a txt attachment here?

    Supplementary question:

    How to include an image inside the text, rather than as an attachment?

    I saw somewhere that you should upload to a site like http://www.imagehosting.com/ then paste a reference to it in the "insert Image" box.

    Is that right?
    Is it encouraged (within reason...).
    Is that the best site?

    Any other comments?

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    Re: Neatest way to post a txt attachment here?

    Again, very simple. Add a picture to a site (say:Flickr). Then copy the url and then paste the url into your message.
    Any site will do as long as they keep your image for a period of time.

    Easy does it.

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